The last weekend before official NCAA competition begins featured high-level high school wrestling, some fun in Stillwater, and plenty of teammate on teammate competition around the country.
Agony in Ames
#6 at 152 Austin O’Connor knocked off #2 at 145 Jerod Verkleeren. 3-2, #9 at 120 Brody Teske thumped #20 at 113 Travis Ford-Melton, 12-4, and #3 at 132 Austin Gomez was too much for #17 at 126 Alex Thomsen, winning 18-6 at the Agony in Ames. In other notable results, #9 at 126 Real Woods put on a show on his way to pinning Drew West and #11 at 182 Kordell Norfleet edged #12 at 182 Max Lyon, 11-9. Full results for the Agony in Ames can be found here.
Wrestle-Offs Around the Country
As usual, there were some head-scratching results in wrestle-offs around the country. Some of the interesting results included, All-American and sixth-ranked Randy Cruz (Lehigh) fell to Ryan Pomrinca, 2-1, at 141. 11th-ranked Scottie Boykin (Chattanooga) couldn’t catch Clay Dent and lost, 3-2, at 197. Sam Colbray (Iowa State) pinned 19th-ranked Marcus Harrington, also at 197. Sal Mastriani beat Ryan Blees, 7-4, to take the 157-pound spot at Virginia Tech. 20th-ranked Ryan Solomon (Pittsburgh) was forced to injury default in his match with Josh Yeboah-Gyasi.
Rumble at the Rowdy
In front of a large, rowdy crowd John Smith returned to the mat as a competitor in Gallagher-Iba Arena Friday night to face the head softball coach at Oklahoma State, Kenny Gajewski. It was all in fulfillment of a bet made between Gajewski and his team that they couldn’t get hit-by-pitch 50 times last season. They did so Gajewski, sporting head gear and looking quite a bit bigger than Smith, took on the six-time world and Olympic champion. I won’t spoil how it all went down, but suffice to say, Smith still knows how to wrestle.
You can watch the match starting around one hour and 36 minutes into the video below.